Connect the Speakers: Kate Darling on the ethics of robotics

What happens when robots move from behind factory walls and start interacting with humans?

Although machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly common buzzwords in the technology space, most of the people who talk about these new ways of executing tasks (and learning how to improve) don’t consider the ethical implications involved in the intersection between technology and society. Luckily for humanity, Kate Darling, PhD, a research specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Affiliate at the Harvard Berkman Center, has been asking questions about what our increasing technological abilities mean for actual people for years.

She’ll be speaking on stage in a general session at Inman Connect New York, January 29 through February 1 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, about what happens when robots move from behind factory walls and start interacting with humans.

You may have already encountered some of your own ethical issues involving robots and humans — consider the implications of Amazon’s Alexa devices, which can record conversations and have been used by some sellers to lurk on buyer walk-throughs to glean (not fully legal) information that might be used in the negotiation process. Darling takes the questions about robot ethics much further than eavesdropped conversations; her work has been published in Vogue, The New Yorker, The Guardian, BBC, NPR, PBS, The Boston Globe, Forbes, CBC, Wired, Boston Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Die Zeit, The Japan Times and more.

Darling is a law school graduate (with honors) and earned her doctorate of sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; she’s been lauded with the Mark T. Banner Award in Intellectual Property from the American Bar Association in recognition of her legal work, and she holds workshops concerning new developments in the world of robotics and how they could affect us from an economic, legal and social standpoint in the future.

When it comes to unseen implications of using robots in everyday life, Kate Darling is unmatched; don’t miss your chance to hear her speak at Inman Connect New York. Get your tickets today before they sell out!

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